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back now with more of "today" on a friday morning. it's the 8th day of january 2010. still some snow flurries in the air, although nothing major. not enough to get these people to take off and head for shelter. they've been out with us all morning and we thank them. it's awfully nice of them. i'm matt lauer along with ann curry, filling in while meredith is taking a little time off, although meredith wouldn't be here at this time. and al roker and natalie's inside. we'll check with her in a second.
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coming up this half hour, a tragic story in south florida. after partying out on the town on new year's -- or celebrating the new year -- 26-year-old paula sliduski was never seen again. her body actually found in a dumpster in north miami. we're going to hear from her sister and get the latest on the investigation in just a couple of minutes. >> very sad. on another note, earlier this morning, we heard from richard heene, the father of the so-called balloon boy. he made some very strong statements and surprising statements in his remarks to you, matt. so, we're going to hear what he had to say before he begins his jail sentence. basically, he says that there are others who lied, that he -- >> the entire sheriff's department he says lied. he says the sheriff lied and everybody that created evidence. >> so, that's making news. >> going to be interesting when he checks himself into county jail. >> that's probably true. and we'll go house hunting. whether you're looking for a
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charming country house or a fully renovated 1920s classic, our own brick house, barbara corcoran -- >> oh! >> -- has found some great homes for sale for under $500. >> i always like that segment. let's go inside right now. natalie's filling in for ann at the news desk with the headlines. >> good morning to you. president obama has ordered sweeping changes to prevent the kind of intelligence failures that nearly led to a christmas day catastrophe. after receiving a detailed report on the attempted bombing of a detroit-bound jetliner, the president said numerous agencies failed to put together information they already had about the suspect. meanwhile, umar abdulmutallab, the man accused of trying to bomb that plane on christmas day, will be arraigned today in detroit. we have more now from nbc justice correspondent pete williams. >> reporter: facing new charges, including attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction, namely, a bomb, which carries a maximum penalty of life in
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prison. prosecutors say his bomb could have killed all 289 people on board the flight from amsterdam to detroit because of the potential explosive force of the chemicals he smuggled on to the plane in his underwear. >> on the airplane -- >> reporter: "dateline nbc" asked an explosives expert to demonstrate the power of the same amount of material that the fbi says abdulmutallab was carrying. that same force, investigators say, could have produced disastrous results on a plane in flight. the homeland security department says it's working to see that more full-body scanners are deployed in the u.s. and overseas that can help find what's hidden under a passenger's clothes. meantime, the transportation security administration vows to improve its system for making certain that people in airports cannot bypass security, as happened earlier this week in newark, touching off seven hours of chaos. this newly released video showed the tsa officer leaving his post sunday evening. a few seconds later, a man, apparently intending to meet an
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arriving passenger, sees the officer leave and quickly ducks under a barrier, improperly entering the secure part of the airport and forcing a shutdown of the busiest concourse. incredibly, it was another passenger, not the tsa, who called attention to the man's improper entry, and these pictures come from continental airlines' cameras, because the cameras shared by the port authority and the tsa were not working. the man who sneaked in was never found. in a statement, tsa says it will "use this hard lesson to reinforce the sharp focus and tight discipline at all our stations across the country and ensure we maintain the public trust." >> and that report was from nbc's pete williams. new figures "today" show the nation's unemployment rate holding at 10% in december. that's unchanged from the month before. the economy lost 85,000 jobs in december. richard heene, the man who pleaded guilty to the so-called balloon boy hoax in colorado, starts his 90-day sentence on monday. that will be 30 days in jail and 60 days on work release.
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and earlier on "today," he told matt he doesn't deserve to be behind bars and he blames the local sheriff. >> i've done absolutely nothing wrong to deserve this. i'm being persecuted i think for the benefit of alderden. he's probably going to run for governor, who knows, but not off my back. look, i need to clear my name. i need everybody to know that this was not a hoax, absolutely not. >> well, his wife, hmayumi heen, was also sentenced to 20 days in jail. bitter cold from colorado to tennessee with parts of north dakota dropping to 31 below during the night, and severe weather thursday is blamed for a deadly accident in ohio that killed four people. it snowed as far south as georgia. and from snow to adorable polar bears. a 3-month-old polar bear cub has made her debut at a zoo in western japan. she's just now starting to walk and having a ball, we're told,
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growing some teeth, doing some wrestling with a little plastic polar bear. zoo officials hope that soon she'll be able to start eating solid food. that is just precious. it's five minutes past the hour now. back out to matt and ann. got to love the polar bears. >> aww. that was so cute, natalie. >> about another three weeks. all right, let's get a check of the weather. >> that's right, with al. that's right, we're here in front of what used to be the rockefeller center christmas tree, a 76-foot-tall, 10-ton norway spruce, now has been taken down, but it is going to live on, thanks to habitat for humanity. they're going to use this tim per king 2,000 to start milling this bad boy. it will be used in a habitat for humanity home in stamford, connecticut. tom paul is with habitat for humanity and let me ask you, what are they going to be doing? where will this wood go in that house? >> this wood is going to be part of a new home in stamford, connecticut. we've already got the site work
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done and we'll be building that over the next year. >> this is the third year you've used the wood from the tree. >> tishman's fire has donated the tree the last few years. the first year was in mississippi, last year in new york city and now this year to connecticut. >> tom, let me ask you, what is the process for the milling of this? >> actually, you're going to cut two by fours here, and the two by fours are going to be stored at a lumber yard, and when the project is ready to resume, we'll give it to habitat and they're going to build away. >> as ken alluded, what's really fitting, this tree came from connecticut and it's going into a habitat home in stamford. >> yeah. we think it's terrific that it's staying in the region here. the fact that the family's here with us today, and you know, it's a good story and it's the right thing to do with this great tree. >> that's terrific. you guys do great work. and our condolences to the rockefeller center family on the loss this week of david murbach, who dedicated so much of his life to the greenery and this tree here in rockefeller center. >> thank you very much.
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he graced this plaza for 26 years with beautiful trees and brought millions of smiles to millions of people, but i know he's with us today, and what we're doing is >> temperatures in the upper 20s to around 30. the snow off to delmarva. it is going to be windy. high temperatures up there freezing. >> in fact, i just bought me a timber king 1,000, because they're on sale. it's great. natalie? >> i know you're having fun with that. thank you, al. now to a more serious story, a tragic story out of miami.
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a beautiful woman on vacation with her boyfriend for new year's eve winds up dead. no arrests have been made. we're going to hear from her sister about what she thinks happened that night in just a moment, but first, more on the story now from nbc's kerry sanders. >> reporter: 26-year-old paula sladeewski was a sometimes model who posted her photos on she was also a sometimes exotic dancer who split her time between michigan and california. she came to south florida with her boyfriend for new year's and partied for days. on sunday, the partying continued until 7:00 a.m. at a downtown miami night spot. paula, who once appeared in a playboy video, reportedly got into a fight at the nightclub with her boyfriend, 34-year-old kevin klimm. he says he left when the bouncers forced him out. she stayed behind, and he claims he never saw her again. almost 12 hours later, paula's body was found in a dumpster, burned beyond recognition. paula's older sister, kelly farris. >> she was full of life.
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she was beautiful. she cared about everybody. i spent christmas with her and it would be the last christmas i ever get to see her again. >> reporter: paula's adult life was defined by drama and turmoil. police say she had been accused of domestic violence, as had her boyfriend. klimm had been charged with beating her. when the self-described laborer was jailed for allegedly punching her in the face, she bailed him out. north miami police say klimm is not a suspect. >> he's been cooperating with us. he's been answering questions with us. and he's considered a person of interest, as would anyone that last saw paula alive. >> reporter: paula's mother and stepfather are devastated. >> to go to a club and just have a good time and end up in a dumpster like a piece of garbage, you know, i just want some answers. i just -- i just need somebody to come forward and let me know
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the least littlest thing. >> reporter: they say now all they have to hold and hug are their daughter's two yorkies. >> we're going to keep these. these are my baby's doggies. >> reporter: investigators have secured a surveillance video from the club here, but they say the quality's poor and it hasn't revealed much. they're hoping it can be enhanced to solve the mystery who murdered paula sladewski. for "today," nbc news, miami. >> and we'll speak to her sister kelly farris. heavy greasy food that's hard on my diet... and my digestive system. so i eat activia light every day. activia light, with bifidus regularis is clinically proven to help regulate your digestive system. mmmm. the new taste is better than ever. and with only 70 calories activia light helps make it easier to watch my weight. it helps me feel good and look good too! ♪ activia! and now winter skin can be too.
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very difficult time for you, kelly. >> thank you. >> tell me a little bit about your sister. what was she like? i know you described, as we heard in the story, that she was full of life. >> yes, she was full of life, she was caring, she was kind, she was generous. you always see her smiling, always. everybody who ever knew her loved her. she was a great, great person. she had no enemies. she loved to travel, she loved her dog, she loved barbies. she was a real girly girl. we took a lot of trips together, a lot of vacations together, and she always called me sister. she never called me by my first name it was always "hi, sister." and to me, she was just a little girl. >> i know you had a close relationship, so again, we're so sorry for you. i know that paula and her boyfriend had had a fight that new year's eve and he had left her at the club that they were
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at that night, and then later, her body was found in a dumpster. what more do you know about that night? what are you being told? >> i really don't know anything other than what everybody else knows. i know that, you know, he left her there, and i believe it was 15 minutes later that she had left, and i think she trusted the wrong person to maybe bring her back to the hotel. >> i know you don't suspect kevin. he is, as the police say, a person of interest, though, not a suspect, and he is cooperating with police, but they have had a volatile relationship in the past, including incidents of domestic violence. and in fact, she had texted in the past to a family member that she thought he was trying to kill her. did you know that their relationship had gotten that extreme? >> yeah, i knew there were ups and downs, but the relationship
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was really good when neither one of them were drinking. that was mostly when they were both drinking that it got to that extreme, and i know that he loved her and i know that she loved him. and other than him leaving her, which he shouldn't have done, you know, i know that he didn't kill her. >> lieutenant cuevas, let me bring you in. are there any new leads in the investigation? >> no. we don't have any new leads, and what we're looking for is to identify and locate anyone that might have had contact with her during the hours that her boyfriend last reported seeing her, which is 7:00 sunday morning and 9:00 in the evening when we found her body. >> and what -- how should people, if they do have information, how can they get in contact with you? >> well, they can call the north miami police department directly at 305-891-8991 or call the dade
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county crimestoppers at 305-471-tips. we do have a deranged, sadistic killer out there that's preying on vulnerable women and we need to locate this person as soon as possible to avoid a similar occurrence. >> wow, that is something certainly to be aware of. and i know, as we mentioned really quickly, that you do not believe kevin is a suspect right now. he is cooperating with police. he's volunteered to take a polygraph test and he plans to do that? >> that will be up to the investigators and his attorney. he is classified at this moment as a person of interest, as would anyone who last had contact with her and absent any other evidence to elevate them to a suspect. that's what their classification is. >> well, we appreciate you all, once again, coming on with us this morning during very difficult circumstances. thank you, kelly farris, and again, our condolences, and lieutenant neal cuevas, thank
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h&r block: get it right. ♪ she's a brick house this morning on "today's real estate," affordable homes for under $500,000. from the sunny beaches of florida to the slopes of utah, we've got some homes that may just be what you're looking for. our brick house, barbara corcoran, is here to show them to us. barbara, good to see you again. >> good morning, al. >> now's the time to buy. let's get started. augusta, maine, a restored farm house priced at $64,900. >> it's sweet and cheap. it's the only one with a river running through it. it's also home to the world's largest lobster roll, 50 feet long, 54 pounds of meat. there's the yellow farm house with a nice front porch on a dead end street.
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it's got crown moldings, hardwood floors, formal book cases, formal dining room with a fireplace. >> do people like a dead end road? >> it used to be an advantage, but now people worry about their kids being snatched up, so dead end has turned into a bad -- actually, a bad word in the real estate business anymore. >> all right. let's head to richmond, virginia, now. we've got a four-bedroom house priced at $269,500. >> and this is a pretty house, too. richmond, i should mention, is home to the seven fortune 500 companies and the university of richmond. why i mention that is it means there are lots of jobs there. this house was built in 1920. it looks it. it has lots of charm and it's been fully updated, so the charm of old, but all the amenities of what's good and new. >> sweet. >> arches, columns, original glass doorknobs, the staircase. there's the luxurious dining room. the kitchen has been totally revamped. there's nothing you can complain about. the master bedroom has a beautiful attached bathroom, a sun porch, tile floors, french doors and that looks out on to
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the backyard. that's a house you can snuggle down into and enjoy. >> it looks really sweet. >> it's sweet. i'm hoping to sell it to you and it's cheap! it's $269,000! >> at that price, get two. >> okay. >> salt lake city, utah. a 1,900-square-foot home, four bedrooms and $319,900. >> you got it, but you move to utah, you'll have a lot of friends because it's easy to the airport. you can fly there from anywhere. this is 40 minutes from world-class skiing. i'm sure you've heard of park city and deer valley. >> oh, yeah. >> it's a cottage on a cozy street and the neighborhood is quiet. two floors and over 1,900 square feet. a beautifully revamped kitchen, double ovens, a tv nook and also a mother-in-law apartment that's ideal to rent out for extra income that would more than pay for your taxes and half your mortgage as well. or you can stick your mother-in-law there for free -- >> you've got a "where the wild things are" mural there. >> thank you. that would be removed. people think that's adorable, but unless you have a kid who
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loves the wild things and wants to move in at the right point in time, it's not a good idea. in fact that swingset should be taken out as well. it makes that backyard look not very nice. >> let's head down to florida, st. pete beach, a home located on the gulf of mexico, and we're talking about mediterranean style at $374,900. >> it's got sandy beaches, some of the most beautiful in the world and it's a mediterranean style home. reminds me a little bit of the "golden girls" house from the outside. there's the dining room, cheery and bright. the living room has built-in cabinets, the kitchen's totally revamped, again. plantation shutters throughout the house. i could scratch that couch, because it's a little too florida for my eye, but besides the couch, everything's beautiful. and the pool in the backyard is the best part in the house. >> finally, greenwood, indiana, $442,000. >> okay, this house has all the bells and whistles if you want to impress your boss or your
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>> live, local, latebreaking. this is wbal-tv 11 news today in baltimore. >> good morning. i am mindy basara. transition of power is under way at the baltimore city mayor. stephanie rawlings-blake spoke publicly for the first time after mayor sheila dixon announced her resignation >> this is an awesome and important responsibility, brought on by sad and unwelcome circumstances that i take very seriously. during the next 30 days and beyond, my focus will be on ensuring and orderly,
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transparent, effective transition of power. >> hours after learning of her new fayed, rawlings-blake contacted police commissioner fred bealefeld arm of fire official asking them to stay on the job. >> i have reached out to her and let her know that if she wants me to help in anyway, i am glad to help. whenever she would like to sit down to talk about the upcoming session, i will have time to do that. >> the members of the transition team are expected to be announced next week. it was not like the blizzard of 2009 a few weeks ago, but an early-morning storm did ever the morning commute. it left a minimal impact, about an inch in some places, unfortunately, moved out quickly. let's go to john collins for the latest conditions. >> we are in the mid-20s this
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morning. 32 below zero from this direction. storms spinning out of the fixture -- out of the picture. as the storm intensifies over new england, the winds will pick up and cool conditions, only about freezing, for the high. west winds at 15 to 20 miles per hour tomorrow we will have some gusty winds. >> we will have another update at 9:55.
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♪ so where are all the fireworks i thought i'd see, i still haven't found the magic i was looking for that made me leave ♪ catch the mcfever. the "american idol" runner-up katharine mcphee is out with a new album and obviously a whole new look. we're going to catch up with her later this morning. meanwhile, coming up this half hour, al roker along with ann curry, natalie morales. amy and lester are here as well with what's coming up this weekend. but we want to help you help
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your kids kick the junk food habit. it may be easier than you think. joy bauer has some healthy snack alternatives that your kids will like. also ahead this morning, there is a real reason why the social networking sites are doing so well. making friends not only makes you feel better, but it can actually lead to a longer life, according to some studies. coming up, the six types of friends every woman might want to think about having. a good reason to have them. plus, always a good friend, the dog, right? man's best friend. is it me or the dog? well, you know how sometimes you love your pets but your friends or partners don't? sometimes it can even ruin a relationship. we'll show you how one trainer brings peace and harmony to your household. >> and lester and amy, what's coming up this weekend? well, if you're struggling with the winter weather, trying to keep warm, keep your house warm, we have some answers. also, dating after 50. there's no question that first dates can be nerve-racking. where to go, what to say. the do's and dont's for older singles who haven't been on the market for a while. and it's being called the he
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decade, tv's leading men who are supposed to be tough are tumbling into midlife with doubt and distress. how do they deal with it? we're going to tell you this weekend on "today." how do you deal with it, lester? >> wow! >> the whole dating thing is still -- >> ouch. >> just -- >> he's only 22, what are you talking about? >> i was going to say, mrs. holt -- >> i'm 15 and married. >> lester, pretty cavalier about this. >> boy, that didn't come out very well, did it? >> lester's 50 and dating. >> can we do that again? >> zoom into your face. >> okay, but -- >> how about tonight? >> good luck with that. >> yeah, right. >> man, you think it's cold outside right now? ain't going to be nothing compared to what's inside the holt house! anyway, let's check the weather, show you what's going on. we'll show you for the weekend, we've got rain in the pacific northwest, cold in new england, sunshine through the gulf coast and then sunday, sunday
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>> last of the snow pulling off the delmarva. lynndie is the headline of the day, as we will be cold and blustery could call high temperatures only near freezing. >> and of course, it's friday, so we get to tell you one more time, it's not sunday night football night in america, it's wild card saturday! whoo-hoo! look out. we've got not one, but two big games on wild card saturday! jets move into cincinnati with paul brown stadium looking at scattered flurries, temperatures in the teens, windchills 5 to 10. then we go to dallas, cowboys stadium. outdoor weather, clear and cold,
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temps in the 23 to 27-degree range on wild card saturday! >> okay now? >> yes, i'm sorry. >> we're done? okay. >> okay. >> natalie! >> ow! my ear drum bursted. okay. thank you, al! coming up next, turning junk food into health food that your kids will actually eat. joy bauer's going to show us how and save us all from this nightmare on the couch. ( woman ) what if sooner is way better than later ? ( man ) what if i need a big screen before the big game ? let's see what you got. it's your tax refund. why should you have to wait ? e-file at no extra cost with h&r block to get your refund fast. click, call, or come over. h&r block: get it right. pretty. ( laughs ) there we go.
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♪ i want candy this morning on "today's moms," getting your kids to eat healthier. common problem for parents, having the kids eat the soda, candy, fast food. well, nutritionist and "today" contributor joy bauer has tips and recipes to get our kids off the junk. good to see you. >> hi, al. >> again, finding the right substitutes, because they'll eat it as long as it tastes good. >> that's exactly right, and the bottom line is, we can control what our kids are picking up at the hot lunch line at school, what they're eating with their friends, but we can control what they have in our homes, and there are small tweaks you can make to their favorites -- pizzas, tacos, burgers. the nutrition goes way up and still tastes delicious to them. >> let's start with the burger. >> okay. typical burgers are made with high-fat beef and cheese and in a starchy bun. again, the nutrition is way low. what i'm doing in my version is using lean ground turkey meat
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and combining it with a little ketchup, some dijon mustard, garlic powder. all these recipes are on the website. >> so, that keeps it moist. >> yes. then i'm putting it in a whole whaet bun or an english muffin or peta. there are a lot of varieties on the market, then using a 2% reduced fat cheese. so, the before calories are 700, and the after in this version are only 430 calories. >> wow. >> so, you really drive it down. and if you want to be a little creative, what i like to do is i take my turkey burger, i put the cheese in the inside. i take the top layer, i will cinch the sides, and then you stick it on the pan or grill or broiler, five to seven minutes on each side and your children get a nice -- >> turkey melt. >> -- cheesy surprise on the inside. >> who doesn't like a cheesy surprise? >> that's right. >> now, fries. kids -- i mean, everybody's addicted to fries. >> right, and potatoes are terrific. they've got a lot of nutrition they bring to the table, but when you drop them in a vat of oil, everything's out the window. >> sure.
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>> so, instead, these are called unfried fries. you take a sweet potato or white potato, cut it up into pieces, put it on a baking sheet -- no aluminum foil, because it will get crispier, and you take an oil mister to evenly coat them. then a little salt, a little pepper, or cumin, chili powder. this is fabulous. >> traditionally, the sweet potato's better. >> sweet potatoes offer up a lot of beta carotene, which is great for your skin and great antioxidants, but nothing against the white potato. >> no, no. the blt. >> well, this is a grilled cheese. now, the classic american grilled cheese, yikes! it's white bread, full-fat cheese and then it's pan-toasted with butter. >> right. >> ew. >> that's why we like it. >> so, i'm suggesting everybody starts with 100% whole wheat bread, lightly toast it, layer it with the reduced fat cheese
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slices and layer it open face because you'll double the vitamins and the bites. >> and you'll feel fuller. >> exactly. and throw in sliced tomatoes or turkey bacon. with the turkey bacon, you'll increase the protein and increase the tradition with tomatoes. >> i don't want to run out of time. this is kale. >> this is my crispy kale chips, and i know people in the control room are probably laughing right now, but kids love it you take kale, cut it into two-inch pieces, spread them on a baking sheet, a little bit of a loyal oil mister, little salt. ten minutes at 400 -- >> it's crunchy. >> delicious and kids eat it. >> and popcorn. >> air-popped popcorn, little spray and you could use parmesan cheese, hot sauce, yummy and be creative with seasonings. again, every single recipe is on our website. >> by the way, mark victor, our producer, and joe michaels, the producer, say the kale, amazing. they want you to bring some down to the control room. >> i'm coming. >> i lied. >> you know what, honestly, i'm coming, and i bet you guys are
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going to like it. >> all right, joy bauer, thanks so much. coming up next, if you want a longer and happier life, maybe you need some new friends. we'll tell you why right after this. i took symbicort, t five minutes ago, and symbicort is already helping significantly improve my lung function. so, today, i've noticed a significant difference in my breathing. and i'm doing more of what i want to do. so we're clear -- it doesn't replace a rescue inhaler for sudden symptoms. my doctor said symbicort is for copd, including chronic bronchitis and emphysema. it should not be taken more than twice a day. symbicort may increase your risk of lung infections, osteoporosis, and some eye problems. tell your doctor if you have a heart condition or high blood pressure before taking it. my copd often meant i had to wait to do what i wanted to do. now i take symbicort, and it's significantly improves my lung function, starting within five minutes. symbicort has made a significant difference in my breathing. now more of my want-tos are can-dos. as your doctor about symbicort today. i got my first prescription free. call or go online to learn more.
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woman," the six good friends every woman needs to live a longer, happier life. according to a ten-year study out of australia, strong friendships are a better predictor of longevity than even close family ties. the current issue of "prevention" magazine highlights the kinds of friends that are good for you. liz vaccarella is editor in chief. good morning to you. >> good morning. >> tell us about this research, because we've been hearing that having good friends will make you live longer. >> right. >> what's the evidence? >> the australian study looked at people and found that those who had the strongest social ties, more than family ties, had lower risk of obesity, depression and even heart disease, but you know what, it's not about having 600 friends on facebook or a packed social calendar. what researchers really talked about was the type of relationship you have. that is the key to health. >> and so, obviously, it must mean kind of a close relationship. and among these -- you've made a list -- >> right. >> -- of the kinds of friends that would fall into this category, and we begin at the beginning with childhood friends. and so, for those people who
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don't have a childhood friend that they keep in contact with all the time, maybe it's a good idea to sort of reach out and find them through facebook. >> right, yeah. technology is a wonderful way to reach out. these are the people who know your oldest stories and they love and know the essential you, and there's something that's very centering about that kind of friend. and technology can help. there are members-only websites that you can create, so nobody else is looking in on what you're talking about. i mean, the old-fashioned way as well, drop a note or pick up the phone and talk to people. >> because no one knows you like those who knew you then. >> right, exactly. >> but you also say, on the other hand, we should also be looking at new friends, but a friend is a new friend only for a period of time. >> right. >> you're saying we're always looking for somebody new? >> yeah. always try to make new friends. >> why? >> the older we get, the more we sort of get in a rut, and new friends can open us up to new experiences and new ways of being, and it's a whole fresh perspective on life. and unlike old friends, a new friend doesn't have any
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preconceived notions of you, so you can try on new roles and talk about interesting things. >> but we think this might help our longevity because why, because we're being challenged, because we're having to use our brains in different ways? >> right, and it's novelty and we're constantly changing who we are and having a new perspective on life. that's what a new friend offers us. >> a workout friend. that makes sense. >> yes. >> you can work out longer, healthier. that makes sense. a spiritual friend is a nice idea. >> yeah. >> someone who you can talk about your religion, your faith, or just plain spirituality with. >> this really interested me, because at duke university, they did a study and found that people who were engaged in prayer or meditation of some sort were 50% less likely to die over a six-year period, and the idea here is not necessarily organized religion, but it's the idea of resiliency and being connected in some sort of spiritual way. so, to get more involved in your church in a more intimate way or your temple, or to just look around the community at a community college or a yoga center can offer a spiritual
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course that can help. >> that's interesting. a younger friend is good to have. >> yeah. >> i believe in that. i have a lot of younger friends, and there's that kind of challenge that happens in kind of keeping you current thing that happens. >> also, researchers now know that nurturing and feeling needed by others is an essential element to happiness. they didn't know this before. a lot of us find that through motherhood, but having a younger friend can fill this part of our life as well. >> and also, your partner's friend. >> yeah. >> that's also to be open to your partner's friend and have -- >> yes, it enriches the marriage. and they have shown that people whose families and social lives are more intertwined have a happier marriage after even just one year. >> and you've got all this stuff checked off. >> i do. i have all these kinds of friends. i'm a lucky woman. >> and ifz inspired the rest of us, liz vaccariello. thank you so much, you and "prevention" magazine. and next, going to the
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♪ and they called it puppy love ♪ this morning on "today's pets," british dog trainer victoria stillwell unleashes a new season of "it's me or the dog" on animal planet, and the claws come out tomorrow night when victoria meets four single girls battling over four little dogs. housemate susan was looking forward to getting three new roommates, but it then ended up picking up after them and their pets. now the dogs have contaminated their house and their friendship. victoria stillwell, good morning. you survived that situation called "the house of horrors," that episode, right? >> yeah, the house of poop, almost. it was disgusting. >> really? it was that bad throughout the house? >> three weeks of pop that hadn't been cleaned up. >> now, is that the owner's fault or the dog? sounds like a little neglect going on there. >> it was -- three of the owners, actually, with three of the dogs. then the girl who was cleaning up didn't have a dog of her own, but she worked nights, they worked during the day. the dogs were at home during the
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day, so she had to be the one to clean up. >> unbelievable. >> and then she gave up after a while. >> i was going to say, i'd give up right away. so, are you thinking there are no bad dogs just bad owners? >> yeah, i would say it's 80% owner, 20% dog when i train, because dogs pick up on environmental cues. so, if you don't give them the right kind of teaching, the right kind of environment, of course they're going to misbehave. they need to be taught. >> so, everything you do really is through positive reinforcement, right? >> yes. >> for example, you're going to show us, we have little -- i think this is gilligan right here. >> yes, this is gilligan. >> very cute. >> and put gilligan on the ground. positive reinforcement is getting a dog accustomed to living in our world, but in a nice way. good, good boy. training has been more focused on dominant training -- >> like the leash or the choker collars. >> yes. >> you never use any of those tools. >> never. basically positive reinforcement goes with the fact that if you reward a behavior that you like
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in a dog, the dog is more likely to offer you the behavior again. >> so, if you're trying to get him to sit as you're doing here -- >> yes. >> -- and pay attention to you. >> sit. good, good, good, good. and what he's learning is that good things happen to him. so, instead of this confrontational relationship between owner and dog, you're having a relationship that the owner -- that the dog wants to be with you. >> right, right. >> it's a relationship based on cooperation, not domination. >> it's building that trust rather than, exactly, that domination. >> exactly. good, good. >> you're going to show us as well, now, i guess little blake here is a little touch shy. >> yes. >> and of course, little kids when they see puppies, the first thing they want to do is run up to them and put their hands to them, right? which can be dangerous. >> it can. and it's really important for puppies, especially, to be taught that the approach of hands is okay. >> right. >> so, what i do with her -- sorry, with blake. here. touch. good. so, blake suddenly sees the approach of the hand. touch. good. as being something good rather than something to be frightened of.
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touch. good. >> now, what about jumping, because that's a trait that's so hard to deal with with dogs. >> yes. >> how do you get them not to jump? >> boo-boo here is a jumper and i ignore him like this. i turn my back on him and then give him a hand signal to sit. good he realizes that jumping gets him ignored and being patient gets him a reward. >> so turn your back, ignore the behavior. >> you bet. >> don't reward the behavior. >> exactly. and you don't have to always use >> live, local, latebreaking. this is wbal-tv 11 news today in baltimore. >> good morning. i am mindy basara. as baltimore mayor sheila dixon's time in office winds down, her successor is taking the first at 2 ensure a swift transition. stephanie rawlings-blake addressed the media and her
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constituents for the first time since learning she would be moving into the mayor's office in february of her fellow council members said they are impressed by her first to accident
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